Keeping the fact in mind that the decision of shutdown by the government that holds the rigorous threat of damaging the effort of NASA to cover one of the furthermost spacecraft flying in the history so far, on the eve of New Year’s Day, the space agency of the United States has made it absolutely clear that the New Horizons social media accounts and NASA TV are going to keep up their functionality.
It is here to note that The New Horizons probe has already flown past Pluto in the year 2015. Interestingly, the probe is all set to come across with the Kuiper Belt object this time. That uninitiated, Kuiper Belt is referred to as 2014 MU69. At the same time, it is also known or holds the nickname as Ultima Thule — on January 1, 2019.
There are many reports those have surfaced on this aspect. As per the latest one from the Florida Today that has surfaced on Thursday, no NASA-provided press releases are going to be there. Also, there are no social media updates also going to be there. At the same time, and the most vital for people having interest in, no live NASA webcast of the flyby is going to be there, the reason behind which is said to be the shutdown.
People those who are interested in knowing or following the New Horizons are going to have no other option but to tune into the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s YouTube channel. These people can also check at the website (pluto.jhuapl.edu) for more updates, as per the report. On the other hand, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has made it clear that the shutdown is not going to put any kind of effect (specifically the negative effects) on the social media accounts of New Horizons. It is also expected not to have any kind of negative effect on the functionality of NASA TV.